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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more


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Is mitral stenosis typically the result of rheumatic heart disease?

Is mitral stenosis typically the result of rheumatic heart disease?

Can be: Rheumatic heart disease is pretty rare these days, due to aggressively treating strep throat with antibiotics. However, it is still the most common cause of mitral stenosis. In general, the causes of mitral stenosis include rheumatic fever, infective endocarditis and just the wear and tear of natural aging. ...Read more

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Is Mitral Valvuloplasty effective than surgery for treating mitral valve stenosis due to rheumatic heart disease?will size decrease again after ?

Is Mitral Valvuloplasty  effective than surgery for treating mitral valve stenosis due to rheumatic heart disease?will size decrease again after ?

Can be: Balloon mitral valvuloplasty can be an effective treatment for rheumatic mitral stenosis. Several parameters are first assessed including degree of calcification and immobility of the valve leaflets, degree of mitral regurgitation (leakiness), etc. A thoughtful cardiologist can guide you through that algorithm to determine if this may be the correct choice. ...Read more

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I am 23 years old, 7 months pregnant with my second baby. I just knew I had rheumatic heart disease since childhood. How will this affect my delivery?

I am 23 years old, 7 months pregnant with my second baby. I just knew I had rheumatic heart disease since childhood. How will this affect my delivery?

Hard to say: There is a variation in the effect that Rheumatic fever/heart disease has on patients. This can vary from mild, fully recovered function to chronic illness or valvular disease requiring replacement.This answer requires access to your history, exam and any related tests of heart function.Your treating physicians are in the position to answer this for you. ...Read more

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I am 23 years, 7 months pregnant with my second baby. I have very high cholesterol and rheumatic heart disease, am I in danger?

I am 23 years, 7 months pregnant with my second baby. I have very high cholesterol and rheumatic heart disease, am I in danger?

Check up needed: Cholesterol is not the issue If rheumatic hear disease is documented with valve disease mitral stenosis and aortic valve disease evaluation by cardiologist - echo cardiogram would help to guide you ...Read more

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I have rheumatic heart disease and venous insufficiency. What are my options?

I have rheumatic heart disease and venous insufficiency. What are my options?

Coordinate care: In a situation like this, it is important for you to see a vein specialist (phlebologist ) about your veins. Your phlebologist should then discuss your case with your cardiologist. If both agree that you would benefit from having vein treatment, they can coordinate your care to make sure that treatment is safe for your heart and effective for your veins. Nowadays, major surgery is rarely needed. ...Read more

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What medicine should I take to treat erectile dysfunction if I have rheumatic heart disease?

What medicine should I take to treat erectile dysfunction if I have rheumatic heart disease?

It depends: Upon the cause. If no medical cause is present, any of the three products (viagra, levitra, (vardenafil) cialis) would probably work. Be sure to get clearance from your doctor re: your cardiac health and any medications you may be receiving. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a gall bladder surgery if you have rheumatic heart disease?

Is it safe to have a gall bladder surgery if you have rheumatic heart disease?

Yes: Depending on the degree of damage to the heart the surgeon could choose to give you some antibiotics during the surgery....But generally surgery is not contraindicated. ...Read more

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Why do I have rheumatic heart disease at the age of 40?

Why do I have rheumatic heart disease at the age of 40?

Rheumatic fever: One (or often more) episodes of rheumatic fever in childhood can damage one or more heart valves resulting in rheumatic heart disease as an adult. ...Read more

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I have rheumatic heart disease and some venous insufficiency; are there single drugs that treat both?

I have rheumatic heart disease and some venous insufficiency; are there single drugs that treat both?

2:1 Drug Rx: These are two different disease processes. Venous insufficiency is treated most often without medication but with compression. With your ra, you may feel uncomfortable with the compression that may require some compromise (a palliative approach) between yourself and your clinician. ...Read more

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Is radioactive medicine safe for someone with rheumatic heart disease?

Is radioactive medicine safe for someone with rheumatic heart disease?

Depends: I beileve this would depend on a few things such as the area being radiated and the risk of not getting the radioactive treatment. It is possible that not treating the illness with radioactive medicine is worse for the heart disease than the radiation exposure itself. ...Read more

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I has rheumatic heart disease and undergone valvuloplasty in 2009.but now(in 2014) restenosis is taking place?why is it happening?what should we do?

I has rheumatic heart disease and undergone valvuloplasty in 2009.but now(in 2014) restenosis is taking place?why is it happening?what should we do?

Not uncommon: Although you are fairly young to have developed rheumatic mitral valve (MV) disease. Restonosis is not uncommon with rheumatic MV after valvuloplasty. If the valve still appears amenable to valvuloplasty by echocardiogram it can be re-attempted. However, if that's not an option your only other choice is a valve replacement. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Difference between rheumatic fever vs rheumatic heart disease?

ARF can cause RHD: Acute rheumatic fever is an immunologic response to a strep infection. It can cause fever, rash, arthritis and can damage the heart. Not everyone who gets acute rheumatic fever get permanent heart disease. Rheumatic heart disease is due to heart damage from acute rheumatic fever. ...Read more

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Can you explain the pathophysiology of pneumonia and rheumatic heart disease?

Can you explain the pathophysiology of pneumonia and rheumatic heart disease?

Two diff diseases: These are two different diseases. Pneumonia is an infection in the lung that causes fluid to collect within the air spaces (maybe w/in a lobe or more diffuse). Rheumatic heart disease is caused by the body attacking the valves of the heart in response to an untreated/inadequately treated streptococcal (most often group a) infection ("strep throat" or other). ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease differ?

Can you please tell me how rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease differ?

Disease and complica: Rheumatic fever is a disease that can developed after an infection with streptococcus is not treated early. This can be complicated by rhematic heart disease and arthritis and renal failure, etc. ...Read more

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Is there any permanent treatment for rheumatic heart disease and to completely eliminate a steprocoocus bacteria?

Is there any permanent treatment for rheumatic heart disease and to completely eliminate a steprocoocus bacteria?

Some what: Depending on the severity, rhd can be controlled with medications. Penicillin keeps the strep in check to prevent recurrences. As you get older, (>40), if you're not around children, pcn prophylaxis can be stopped. The ultimate treatment for rhd is commissurotomy or valve replacement but only in severe, symptomatic mitral stenosis. You can lead a normal life with treatment! ...Read more

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How long do people with rheumatic heart disease live?

How long do people with rheumatic heart disease live?

Long: In this day and age we have so many options for medical and surgical treatment with even more technologies coming. I would bet that life expectancy would be pretty close to someone without rheumatic heart disease. ...Read more

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Help please? How many years can a person with rheumatic heart disease live?

Help please? How many years can a person with rheumatic heart disease live?

Rheumatic heart dis: Rheumatic ht. Usually involves abnormalities of the mitral and/or aortic valves. Sometimes these valves require replacement because of the damage from the rheumatic condition. Today people can live a long and fairly normal quality life if the problem is diagnosed and followed early before signficant heart damage. ...Read more

Dr. Irving Harper
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Mitral Regurgitation (Definition)

A disorder of the heart in which the mitral valve, separating left atrium and left ventricle does not close properly. When the heart pumps out blood from the left atrium to the left ventricle through the incompetent valve, it leads to the abnormal leaking of blood from the left ventricle back ...Read more


Dr. John Dent
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Rheumatic Heart Disease (Definition)

Rheumatic heart disease is a condition where a bacterial infection with Streptococcus leads to damage to the ...Read more